Travelling with Pets
Useful information about flying with your pet from Dublin Airport.
Contact your airline
Pet policies differ among individual airlines and some airlines will only carry guide/assistance animals, like guide dogs, and practically all airlines require advance booking. Please contact your airline to find out more. Contact details for airlines departing from Dublin airport can be found here.
- A distinction is made between animals which are permitted to travel in the cabin (PETC = pet in cabin) and animals which are carried in the hold (AVIH = animal vivant in hold).
- Where your pet will travel depends on its size, weight and the type of animal and whether or not your pet is a special assistance animal.
- Your pet must be kept in a suitable transport crate, which should be well ventilated, leak-proof and contain the animal securely.
- Your pet should have sufficient space and be able to move freely.
- Flying with your own pet should not be underestimated. The unfamiliar environment, strange smells and new sounds can make the journey very difficult and stressful for your animal.
- Update as of the 19th July 2021, Dublin Airport can no longer accept live animals departing through its baggage system.
Dublin Airport was required to upgrade its baggage systems to facilitate EU Standard 3 HBS (Hold Baggage Screening) compliance and as a result, it can no longer accept animals departing through its baggage system. If your animal needs to travel in the aircraft hold, please contact your airline or travel agent to make arrangements.
It is important to note that this change only affects departing pets travelling in the aircraft hold. Pets departing from Dublin Airport in the aircraft cabin and pets arriving on flights into Dublin Airport, either in the aircraft cabin or the aircraft hold, will continue to be accommodated through the current screening processes.
- For more information about travel requirements and the necessary documentation, please contact your airline or travel agent.
For overseas travel, dogs and cats may need:
- A valid pet passport
- Particular vaccinations
- A veterinary health certificate
To find out more travelling or relocating out of Ireland with your pet, please click here.